Tennis Shropshire supporting the LTA’s ‘Safe to Play’ campaign

Tennis Shropshire is supporting the Lawn Tennis Association’s ‘Safe to Play’ campaign to help keep children and vulnerable adults involved in sport safe. 

Sport England selected the LTA to pilot the campaign in a sports setting, and it was launched at the end of last month.

It’s aimed at ensuring all parents, players and coaches are aware of the signs of abuse, how to report a concern and how to keep children and at-risk adults safe.   

All LTA registered venues have been provided with pocket-sized cards to distribute to their members, including parents and players.  

Cards will act as pocket reminder guides, which when scanned using the camera of a smartphone or tablet will deliver a range of engaging digital resources.  

Included is a dramatised video telling one family’s story of abuse in sport, video guides on how to identify the signs of abuse, tips on how to stay safe in sport, questions to ask when selecting a coach and a quiz to help drive awareness. 

In parallel to the distribution of cards to venues for players and parents, every LTA accredited coach has been directly sent a card containing safeguarding information relevant to their role, real life case studies and the ability to report a concern to a safeguarding expert at the LTA at the click of a button.  

The campaign will be supported by a dedicated website, as well as the delivery of a series of ‘Safe to Play’ training and awareness events for venue welfare officers, parents and players.

Bob Kerr, LTA Councillor for Tennis Shropshire, said: “The ’Safe to Play’ campaign is a collaboration between Sport England and the LTA, with the intention of raising awareness, particularly to parents, about any potential pitfalls that can be faced, including around employing and using coaches.

“It also, importantly, helps to raise awareness for coaches themselves, including how they should be conducting themselves in their role.

“Since the campaign was launched, six clubs and venues across Shropshire - Baschurch Tennis Club, Bishop’s Castle Tennis Club, Monkmoor Recreation Ground, Telford Tennis Centre, The Shrewsbury Club and Wrekin & Telford Tennis Club - have displayed banners and helped promote 'Safe to Play’. 

“The LTA has an excellent record of taking measures to ensure that safeguarding standards are in place at all venues across the country - and this campaign will further help keep those involved in tennis safe.”  

For further information about the campaign, visit safetoplaytennis.co.uk 

Pictured: Brothers Ben and Leo from Wrekin & Telford Tennis Club in front of a ’Safe to Play’ banner displayed at the club.